BWSC personnel attended the Sugar Industry Foundation, Inc. (SIFI) 47 Years of Service Celebration last March 23, 2018 at the Romulo Café in Makati City. SIFI President and COO Ms. Edith Y. Villanueva hosted the said event with the tagline: We Feed the Minds, We Train the Hands, We Nourish the Hearts.
SIFI is a non-profit organization working for and with the sugar workers, their families, and dependents, towards its vision of stable and self-reliant sugar-producing and milling communities. Its four pillars of development include: education, health, livelihood and advocacy.
The occasion also gave tribute to the outgoing Chairman of the Board, Mr. Arturo Ledesma who made a farewell message to the general assembly from the Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao group.
In the President’s Report, Ms. Villanueva reported 67,577 benefitted in grants in high school, college assistanceship, and college scholarship; 13,810 grants in technical skills trainings and seminar-workshops; 1,273 organized and assisted livelihood organizations; 20,025 individuals given skills trainings; 106,202 individuals covered with hospital/out-patient benefits; 145,026 assisted through medical-dental missions; and 142 barangays, 37 cities and municipalities, and 8 provinces covered under advocacy.
During the testimonial aspect of the program, Mr. Amiel Noveno of Association of Sugar Planters of Central Luzon (ASUCAL), who is now a Certified Public Accountant, and Mr. Pedro Ogalis of Cuenco Multi-Purpose Cooperative, both attributed to the SIFI’s valuable contribution to their success in education and socio-economic undertaking, respectively. They furthermore attested SIFI’s significant impact to the lives of sugar workers with their programs.
In behalf of BWSC Director Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla, Mr. Luis Reynoso, Chief of the Workers’ Social Amelioration and Development Division, turned over to the SIFI the amount of Php 4,250,000.00, as the last tranche of the 2017 approved budget to their programs for sugar workers.